Maryland Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

What term is used in the Maryland anti-bullying laws?

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation.

Do these laws cover cyberbullying?

Yes.  

What groups are listed under Maryland state law?

The following groups are listed under Maryland anti-bullying laws:

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • Physical attribute
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Familial status
  • Physical or mental ability or disability

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Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?

The Maryland state model policy (PDF - 140 KB) and guidance document (PDF - 153 KB) are available on the Maryland Department of Education website.

Which of the key components can be found in Maryland anti-bullying laws and policies?

DEFINITIONS
Key ComponentsPresent in Maryland State LawsPresent in Maryland Model Policy
PurposeYESYES
ScopeYESYES
Prohibited BehaviorYESYES
Enumerated GroupsYESYES
DISTRICT POLICY REVIEW & DEVELOPMENT
Key ComponentsPresent in Maryland State LawsPresent in Maryland Model Policy
District PolicyYESN/A
District Policy ReviewYESN/A
DISTRICT POLICY COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Maryland State LawsPresent in Maryland Model Policy
DefinitionsYESN/A
ReportingYESYES
InvestigationsYESYES
Written RecordsYESYES
ConsequencesYESYES
Mental HealthYESYES
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
Key ComponentsPresent in Maryland State LawsPresent in Maryland Model Policy
CommunicationsYESYES
Training/PreventionYESYES
Transparency/MonitoringYESYES
Legal RemediesYESNO

NOTE: Click on the Key Components links to get more information about that component.

What are the Maryland state laws that cover bullying?

For More Information

Visit “Bullying PreventionSite exit disclaimer by the Maryland Department of Education.

Information for this page was developed from “Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies – December 2011” (U.S. Department of Education) (PDF - 4.6 MB).


Content last updated on March 31, 2014